Learn more about gel in our ultimate guide to this hair care product.
What you’ll need
Hair gel is having a major moment in the hair world right now. As one of our OG hair care products, it’s certainly been around for a long time, but has seen a resurgence with the wet look hairstyles that have dominated the runway for the past few seasons. And while the best hair gel is out there in your drugstore, you also have to consider what hair gel to get that’s based on your hair type and what type of hold you are looking for. To help you out, we’re sharing a list of some of the best hair styling gel products that you can easily find at your local drugstore:
Good Hair Gel for Each Hair Type
1. Straight and Fine Hair
Thinner locks crave volume, so make sure to use products that don’t weigh your hair down or leave them prone to going limp midday. Lightweight styling gels, such as Nexxus Diametress Lavish Body Gel Spray, are a fun, useful innovation, since most of these coat hair strands evenly while providing some bounce.
2. Straight and Thick Hair
Looking for the strongest hair gel for your thick hair? Thicker hair is fortunate enough to be able to withstand more styling wear and tear, but then can also be prone to dullness and unmanageability. Take control of your hair type’s density with a gel that adds lightweight shine and smoothness, like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel, which also gives you the super-firm control you’ll need without sacrificing body.
3. Wavy Hair
Frizz is public enemy number one for ladies who have naturally wavy hair. The best hair gel for this type is one that both shields from humidity and enhances your natural texture—this is your golden unicorn of hair products. An alcohol-free formulation that locks out frizz, such as TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Gel, is ideal for giving moveable but long-lasting hold, a.k.a. the best control for wavy looks.
How to Nail The Wet Effect with Hair Gel Products
Hairstyle Inspiration: Sleek Baby Bangs
Hair Gel You’ll Need: TREsemmé TRES Two Ultra Firm Control Gel
Bold bangs are a hit, but it’s an even bigger hit these days at shorter lengths. It’s no secret that micro bangs are back in full force; however, the full and airy look is out the window for now. It seems like we’ve taken inspiration from sweaty bangs and made them a thing. Smooth some hair gel onto your fringe, separate it a bit to make it clump and create a piece-y illusion.
Hairstyle Inspiration: Long Sleek Slicked Back Tresses
Hair Gel You’ll Need: Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel
Achieving a sultry yet laid-back look with the help of styling hair gel. Using a fine-tooth comb, apply some of the gel throughout your locks to evenly distribute from root to mid-shaft. Leave your ponytail gel free for an airy and light finish.
Hairstyle Inspiration: Smooth and Wispy Deep Side Part
Hair Gel You’ll Need: TREsemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel
Mix things up with a stylish half controlled, half messy hairstyle. Create a deep side part on your hair apply gel only to the front fringe and let it dry. You can give your bangs some extra detail by creating a piece-y look. Simply use the tail of a rattail comb to separate your bangs against your forehead. Once the gel dries, bangs will be set in place. While your hair is drying style the back section of your hair. First, comb or brush to remove any tangles and to position your long tresses into place, gently tease for a wispy finish.
Hairstyle Inspiration: Wet Effect Updo
Hair Gel You’ll Need: TREsemmé TRES Two Extra Firm Control Gel
Create a sleek, neat and smooth updo by applying gel to the base of your hair. You may use a brush to help smoothen out your hair, especially if you’re working with a bit of texture. Secure your updo with a hair tie and allow the gel to air-dry.
5 Things You Can Do with Hair Gel Products
1. Style your short hair.
When it comes to styling shorter cuts, hair gel for women is brilliant for achieving a variety of looks. Use it to smooth down your locks and comb it back for a sharp and slick ’80s-inspired ‘do (also big on the runways this season), or to create a more shiny, voluminous finish, try combining a gel like the TRESemmé Tres Two Mega Firm Control Gel and a hair mousse. Work this through your hair before blowdrying backwards with a brush to achieve a fairly strong hold that’ll last all day.
2. Gets rid of frizz.
If you’re struggling to tame your frizz, try some of the Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Curl Defining Gel Serum. This product works to hold onto your style that’ll help calm frizzy hair, without weighing it down or getting flaky. Mix in the palm of your hands and apply it to your tresses before or after blow-drying to get a sleeker effect that’ll help banish pesky flyaways, too.
3. Pump up the volume.
Hair gel for women isn’t just for creating spellbinding shape and texture, they can help you achieve volume, too.
4. Create a gorgeous lacquered look.
Want to work that wet look you’ve seen so much of on the runways in real life? Well, now you can! Check out our wet hair gel guide to get this high-fashion look.
5. Work it in subtly.
Despite its strong-hold formula, hair gel doesn’t have to be the main attraction; you can also use it in less obvious ways to help style your hair to perfection. Try using it to create a smooth look with an old school hairband – keeping the front combed back and leaving the rest soft and loose—or work a tiny amount into the front of an off-center part to create a cool, small quiff. For a more casual, disheveled outcome, work it in through the lengths of your hair to create a perfectly imperfect tousled look: another fab way to get an extra day out of your hair before washing!